STOP Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens.


STOP Foodborne Illness - What We Do

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Document Publication | Mon February 15, 2016, 07:21 PM EST


About Us

STOP Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne illness by advocating for sound public policy, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness.

Advocating for sound public policy
We encourage our constituents to participate locally, statewide, and nationally in food safety policy issues. STOP actively participates in three food safety coalitions. We create and provide press releases, public service announcements, public comments, and personal stories to journalists and media outlets.

As we discuss foodborne illness statistics with the media and others, our volunteer advocates provide a human face behind the numbers – a powerful reminder of the need for a stronger food safety system.

On the federal and state levels, STOP provides public testimony for proposed and pending legislation. STOP’s consumer representation is front and center during meetings with agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Staff and board members interface with stakeholders regarding food safety programs, further sharing member’s united concerns.

Building public awareness
Subscribers are up-to-date with news regarding recalled food and potentially harmful outbreaks with e-Alerts from STOP Foodborne Illness. Once a month, our informative eNews provides constituents and subscribers with relevant interviews of food safety friends and associates, and keeps you current on the activities of our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteer advocates. Our website provides a variety of information including research on foodborne illnesses, opportunities for volunteers, and educational materials such as factsheets about food safety topics, consumer information and tips to mitigate food safety risks.

The Stories page on our website is dedicated to those who have been impacted by foodborne illness, whose stories are life-changing and eye-opening. Using their powerful voices, many of our advocates volunteer to share their foodborne illness experience when speaking opportunities arise across the country. In addition to giving lectures and presentations about food safety, our advocates offer many kinds of support to others who are facing the devastating effects of foodborne disease.

Assisting those impacted by foodborne illness
STOP provides peer-to-peer mentoring; matching new victims with others who have gone through similar situations to provide support and guidance. We maintain a toll-free helpline for the public to call. Our staff answers pressing food safety questions and offers assistance with issues pertaining to foodborne illness. STOP creates and maintains an array of information beneficial to those impacted by foodborne illness; this material is downloadable on our website or available in print for free via the US postal service.

While we do not provide medical or legal advice, STOP does offer ongoing assistance in arranging support systems for those with longer term consequences. The stories on our website are a testament to the strength and endurance of individuals and families impacted. Telling one’s story is often, not only empowering for the storyteller, but life-altering for the listener.

 


Document Publication | Mon February 15, 2016, 07:21 PM EST


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